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Philip Lane: he is set to be confirmed   as the Republic’s first ECB executive board member. He is also the favourite to become the organisation’s chief economist.  Photograph:  Reuters

When Otmar Issing, one of the prime architects of the euro, was asked in 2001 to help select an outstanding European economist under 40, one name stoo(...)

Robert Watt, the secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure, finally appeared before the Public Accounts Committee and the Finance Committee on Thursday.

A tug of war between Oireachtas committees around who should grill one of the most senior civil servants in the country has been playing out behind th(...)

Robert Watt before the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday

The secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure has faced sustained questioning about why his department only became involved in dealing(...)

Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, said he had been asked to appear before four Dáil committees in connection with the children’s hospital.   File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Robert Watt, the senior civil servant who heads the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, has told the Public Accounts Committee that he is wil(...)

A view of the construction site of the national children’s hospital.Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Robert Watt, the secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure (DPER), is to be asked to appear before the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (...)

 Central Bank governor Philip Lane emerged last week as the unopposed candidate to succeed outgoing ECB chief economist Peter Praet on the six-member board in Frankfurt. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has committed to carrying out a “comprehensive” search for the successor to Central Bank governor Philip Lane, wh(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Minister for Health Simon Harris has signalled he is prepared to change the membership of the board developing the new National Children’s Hospital if(...)

 Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald pictured arriving for the centenary commemorations  in the Mansion House on Monday  to mark the anniversary of the inaugural public meeting of Dáil Éireann in 1919. Photograph: Tom Honan

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended the refusal of a senior civil servant to attend the Oireachtas Health Committee to deal with cost overruns for the(...)

   Department  of Public Expenditure and Reform secretary general Robert Watt: declined to appear before committee.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An Oireachtas committee has accused the head of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform of treating it with disrespect over his refusal to giv(...)

Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure, has declined to attend an Oireachtas committee meeting  to answer questions on the hospital overspend.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An additional €450 million will have to be found to cover a “very significant and disturbing” escalation in the cost of the new national children’s ho(...)

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